Zhan Ziqian - Sui Dynasty

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       Zhan Ziqian (展子虔, fl. late 6th c.) was a famous painter from Yangxin County (陽信縣) in Shandong. He had been a government official during the Sui dynasty (581-618), and was a versatile and creative painter whose landscape painting was the most influential of that time. He made particular contributions to the naturalistic depiction of the perspective of distance and dimension in landscape painting. Spring Excursion (遊春圖) is believed to be Zhan Ziqian's authentic work and the oldest Chinese landscape painting that has survived.